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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saveur d'Artichaut by Sinfonia di Note: Perfume Review

Apparently, this week I am compelled to write about "garden" scents. I must be longing for summer. And so, after salivating over tomatoes, lets tackle artichokes. And, yes, who would have thought there would be a perfume inspired by this perennial thistle with an edible bud...Apparently, Sinfonia di Note people have. To my shame, I must admit that I don't often consume artichokes, and so I have no recollection of their smell. Nor do I know whether the purple florets have a scent of their own. According to Google, artichokes smell of anything from wet dog to fried seafood, onions and pepper...Cooks and gardeners, weigh in!

As for Sinfonia de Note's interpretation, it is green, piquant, sweet and woody. The aromatic note, paired with citrus, has a pleasant candied quality. Basil and pepper produce a fresher, verdant, subtly earthy effect and give the fragrance a delightful nose-tingling quality. The woody accord, although quiet, is present throughout the scent's development and has a resinous, freshly-cut-bark characteristic that I enjoy. I would position Saveur d'Artichaut somewhere in between the delicately sweet and nutty skin scent of Jour de Fete and the fresh, green spiciness of Piment Brulant, with quite a bit of wood-hay goodness of Bois Blond thrown in for good measure. That said, Saveur d'Artichaut is quite unique and a must-try...if only because you could then tick off, on you list of things to do before you die, the line that says: smell an artichoke-inspired perfume.

As for artichoke-inspired poems, there is at least one that I know, again among Neruda's Elementary Odes, Ode to the Artichoke:

The artichoke
With a tender heart
Dressed up like a warrior,
Standing at attention, it built
A small helmet
Under its scales
It remained
By its side
The crazy vegetables
Their tendrills and leaf-crowns,
Throbbing bulbs,
In the sub-soil
The carrot
With its red mustaches
Was sleeping,
The grapevine
Hung out to dry its branches
Through which the wine will rise,
The cabbage
Dedicated itself
To trying on skirts,
The oregano
To perfuming the world,
And the sweet
There in the garden,
Dressed like a warrior,
Like a proud
And one day
Side by side
In big wicker baskets
Walking through the market
To realize their dream
The artichoke army
In formation.
Never was it so military
Like on parade.
The men
In their white shirts
Among the vegetables
The Marshals
Of the artichokes
Lines in close order
Command voices,
And the bang
Of a falling box.

With her basket
She chooses
An artichoke,
She's not afraid of it.
She examines it, she observes it
Up against the light like it was an egg,
She buys it,
She mixes it up
In her handbag
With a pair of shoes
With a cabbage head and a
Of vinegar
She enters the kitchen
And submerges it in a pot.

Thus ends
In peace
This career
Of the armed vegetable
Which is called an artichoke,
Scale by scale,
We strip off
The delicacy
And eat
The peaceful mush
Of its green heart.

Translated by Jodey Bateman

Saveur d'Artichaut is available at Luckyscent, $150.00 for 100ml.

Another Sinfonia di Note review: Coeur de Noisette

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Твоя люибимая Мэрилин была Королевой Артишоков )
PS. Мне очень нравится новая фотография )

10:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

И спасибо :-)

10:07 PM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

OK, now I have heard everything! Poetry and perfume both inspired by an artichoke? How strange and wonderful! I like the idea of it, but I have no idea what the opened flowers smell like.

Love the poem, Neruda was truly a master. He is better in translation than most poets are in their own language.

11:03 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I agree, Neruda is Divine :-)

11:06 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Artichokes are yummy, but I never let them get to the flower stage, long before they get that far, they are steamed and served up with garlic lemon butter. But I do know that they contain a chemical that makes everything you drink afterward seem sweet.
The scent is interesting, but doesn't last long on me.

1:10 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

garlic lemon butter, mmmmmmmm!! :-)

8:46 AM EST  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

I love artichokes- they are a comfort staple.
I adore Neruda; thank you SO much, for the wonderful poems !
A tonic for the very soul...

I have sampled this- and while it is so very pretty, it didn't grab my CC.
Not enough for me to crave- not sure why, yet.

But none of these screamed "must have"..
I'm either getting old , or poor !

9:15 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It was a sleeper favorite for me. It crept up on me :-)

9:21 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

Artichokes. Hmmm. Hmmm. OK. You're right. Must be able to say I've sampled an artichoke scent before I become privy to the mysteries of the great beyond. Sounds rather CdG worthy, actually. Wish Rei would be so inspired once again. Off to TPC to order sample.

9:54 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am actually fine with Rei not doing anything new while I catch up with their old scents. Yesterday fell in absolute love with CdG 2.

9:55 AM EST  
Blogger Katia Shtefan said...

Neruda has such a knack for describing the essence of things through hyperbole. Особенно тогда, когда речь идет о самых обекновенных предметах. If you really like Neruda, check out Red Poppy at It's a non-profit set up to create a documentary about Neruda, publish his biography, and translate his works into English.

11:14 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you for the great link!

11:21 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Artichokes only smell like wet dog when you've overcooked them. If I remember this one correctly, it sort of does have the note of a fresh artichoke. I'll have to go back again

11:28 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I totally trust you if you think it does.

11:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this lovely review. I adore this scent. I also adore artichokes, gently boiled and spritzed with lemon juice. They are very healthy and so delicious. However, I can barely detect artichoke in the scent. It is there, but barely there. It has excellent sillage on myself, and last surprising long on me as well. It is one of my favorites. Thanks again.


3:48 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

so you and Tom do detect at least SOME artichoke in there...I wonder what it is like. I need to go to a green grocer asap.

11:03 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I have never smelled artichoke flowers. I also don't smell much in the fresh, raw artichoke. Maybe some green woods. However, the smell arises when it is being cooked. I steam mine, so you might try that and then enjoy all that lovely vitamin-rich goodness.

Bon apetit!


8:15 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I just realized that you were a winner in the Vacances sample drawing, and we are waiting for your address. You can email it to me at pstblog at yahoo dot com. Thanks!!

8:17 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

First, of course, thumbs up for the 'new look'. It is just wonderful. Then, even if I risk losing in advance any chance of credibility in the realm of this blog...I swear that two days ago, after cooking artichokes and serving the hearts tepid, with just a drizzle of virgin olive oil and some sel de guerande, I was going to ask if you know about a scent that has made use of this miraculously fragrant creature or about one who knows how to recreate its effects. I was too shy to ask. You answered before I asked. Great.

9:29 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

and Neruda.

9:30 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I totally believe in such synchronicity, it happens all the time.

9:11 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...


5:16 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just emailed you! I'm so excited and can't believe it! Thank you sooooooooo much!


2:21 PM EST  

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